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Corruption: Buhari Seeks Lawmakers’ Support

Posted: Apr 30, 2015 at 8:42 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ignatius Okorocha and David Odama, Abuja

President-Elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, pledged to work with the incoming 8th National Assembly as development partners to tackle corruption and scale down drastically, the cost of running government.

Buhari stated this while addressing a joint session of the re-elected and fresh members of the two chambers of the National Assembly, who are currently undergoing a one-week induction programme organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja.

He specifically urged the elected federal lawmakers to collaborate with him on the budget process and restructuring of the public sector to guarantee transparency.

He noted that the cooperation between him and the legislators would enable both arms of government to collectively tackle the menace of high recurrent cost at the expense of capital and human development.

He lamented that high cost of governance had greatly affected execution of capital projects, human development, and eroding public social services such as infrastructure, health and education.

The President-elect also identified lack of development in the agricultural and solid mineral sectors and, therefore, urged the lawmakers to appropriate policies that needed to be put in place and translated into laws.

Buhari asked the federal parliamentarians to take seriously, their oversight functions, which according to him, was critical in ensuring that policies are implemented effectively and transparently.

Buhari stressed an urgent need to contain the high state of insecurity and, therefore, urged the legislators to work together with him to address the problem from both its roots and manifestations.

He also noted that the strongest mitigating force at the moment was how to redress the power sector deficits, encourage investments that are job creating and focus on human development and reconstruction. Buhari said, “I am here today, to invite you to work with the executive as partners in progress, as champions of good governance and development and as warriors for change. Together, we can make this nation great and a role model in Africa and other emerging economies and democracies.

Buhari listed the challenges facing the country to include:

•General insecurity and insurgency that have caused extreme human hardship and destruction of lives, livelihoods that may take us over a decade to rebuild across most of North Eastern Nigeria and some parts of North western Nigeria.

•Devastation and environmental degradation in the Niger Delta area which must be attended to.

•Decline in revenues due to fall in oil prices which poses a threat to government’s capacity to deliver on reconstruction of devastated areas and the new government development agenda,

•Endemic corruption which has crippled human and infrastructure development for decades.

•Unacceptably poor provision of power supply which has had a crippling effect on development of small businesses and indeed the wider economy.

He, therefore, appealed for the support of the lawmakers to fight these vices and bring development to the people.

Maj. General Buhari noted that, for the President of the country to succeed in providing community development and general welfare to the people, he must have a harmonious working relationship with the legislators because of the critical nature of the Parliament as a symbol of democracy, which majors on representation.

He said that there was need for appropriate policies to be put in place as a strategy towards bringing about the desired national transformation, noting that such policies might be translated into laws for better implementation.

Also, Buhari, tasked the  lawmakers to be transparent in their over sight functions in  order to rid the country of the rot that exists in the cause of governance.

He promised to work with the legislators to keep the country and provide the platform for good governance, acknowledging the commitment,  doggedness and resilience of Nigerian.

He solicited the support of the Nigerian especially the lawmakers to enable his administration address the decay in the power sector, unemployment and the wellbeing of Nigerians, urging  the lawmakers to  imbibe the spirit of team work in order to keep the country together.

The president-elect while commending the President Good luck Jonathan for keeping the country together, following the acceptance of the general elections results even before the announcement, challenged the political class to be guided by such action in the cause of building the nation.

Earlier, the Senate President, Senator David Mark, advised the President-elect to work closely with the National Assembly to have a harmonious relationship.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, enjoined the president-elect to extend his hands of fellowship to the 8th Assembly for the interest of  peace, harmony and togetherness